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#1 Bklmt2000

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 06:23 AM

Had to spring for a new grain mill last week, as my Barley Crusher of 12 years finally bit the dust.

 

I knew I was in trouble when I was prepping for a brewday last week (which got postponed to today).  Went to weigh out and crush the grains, when I discovered that my cat threw up in my grain mill. 

 

Wonderful.  <_<

 

So, needing to clean the BC out, I tried to take the plate off the mill (that holds the rollers in place), and one of the screwheads sheared right off, so I couldn't get the screw out and take the mill apart for cleaning. Feckity feck feck feck.  :cussing:

 

So, I ordered a new BC, and this thing runs like a top; the old one always seemed a bit "off": the rollers never turned very easily, were rather wobbly, and the knurling had worn down considerably, to where milling grain for brewday was a major PITA.

 

The new BC, tho, ate the grain like a starving man at a banquet; had to tighten the roller gap after the first pass (grain didn't look quite crushed enough), but IMO that's par for the course with a new mill.

 

First brewday with the new mill is underway, and this mash-in was noticeably better than others in recent memory: no doughballs, at all, which I will chalk up to a better crush than I'd been getting.

 

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 06:26 AM

How's the cat doing?


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 06:31 AM

How's the cat doing?

 

He's fine; Sir Barfs-A-Lot has had wierd digestive issues since he was a kitten, so him getting sick like that wasn't a suprise.

 

That he 86'd my BarleyCrusher in the process, however, was a bit of an unpleasant surprise.


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 06:37 AM

Cats are a-holes. :D

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 06:56 AM

A bit over 3 years ago I ordered a Cereal Killer and immediately thought I would regret cheaping out.  When it arrived and I saw it I was sure I would regret it.  It almost looked like a toy mill.  It's still crushing the same as when it was new


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 07:00 AM

How's the cat doing?

Asking the important questions! haha


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 08:44 AM

Cats are a-holes. :D


One more reason I luv me some Ken :) Hahaha

Bklmt2K, in the course of 12 years about how many batches does that equate to? I've had my BC since 2012 and it's passed roughly 90 batches. I've never taken it a part and intend on keeping that streak.
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Posted 11 April 2018 - 09:00 AM

Not sure how old my BC is at the moment but I have beaten that thing like a rented goalie. I have taken it apart to change the gap and also to build a new "base" for it and when I've had it apart I have hit it with the pressure washer. I have a love-hate relationship with it but it's mostly been love. :D

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 09:03 AM

One more reason I luv me some Ken :) Hahaha

Bklmt2K, in the course of 12 years about how many batches does that equate to? I've had my BC since 2012 and it's passed roughly 90 batches. I've never taken it a part and intend on keeping that streak.

 

I'd say my old BC saw ~350 batches worth of grain go through it (all 5.5 gal batches); most grain bills were in the 10-13# range, so some quick math says it crushed north of 4000 lbs of grain total during its life.


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 09:07 AM

^^ Thanks for grinding out the stats Sir
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